Myron Schrader Norman, 92, of Beaver Springs, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, at Rolling Hills Manor, Millmont. His devoted wife of 69 years, the former Frona Folk survives at home.
He was born Oct. 19, 1924, to the late Hattie (Schrader) and Leven Norman on the former Schrader farm just west of Troxelville. Two older brothers, Raymond and Robert, and two older sister, Helen and Madeline, and their spouses preceded him in death.
In 1944, Myron graduated from Beaver Vocational High School, Beaver Springs where he was voted Most Likely to Succeed and Best Athlete by his classmates. After graduating from high school, he worked as a herdsman on the family farm and for dairy farms in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He later moved his young family from Troxelville to a farm in the Freeburg area.
In 1956, he and his family returned to western Snyder County where he began what would become a long and successful career as a custodian at West Snyder High School in Beaver Springs. For the next 30 years, he was known for the "spic and span" condition of the high school. He also received accolades for keeping the athletic fields in shape, especially the baseball field.
After retiring from West Snyder High School in 1986, Myron worked part time for Saylor's Grocery Store in Beaver Springs. Still not ready to actually retire, he volunteered at the Middlecreek Area Community Center as a custodian. Wherever he worked, he was known for his friendliness and work ethic.
A life-long member of Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church, Troxelville, Myron was a devoted and active member of the congregation. He served many terms on the church council and other committees and often represented the church at synod. He also served as a lay leader for the congregation. Myron taught an adult Sunday school class and was a Sunday school superintendent. He also taught Sunday lessons at other churches and local camp grounds. He did all of his church work for the glory of God. His favorite Bible verses were Matthew 6: 25-34.
Other interests included attending family activities, playing shuffleboard at the MACC, hunting, woodworking, listening to country or gospel music, enjoying Over the Hill Gang's monthly get-togethers, and watching baseball on TV. He was a very avid, long-time fan of the Cincinnati Reds baseball team.
In addition to his wife, Frona, Myron is survived by two children and their spouses, Hubert and Connie Norman, of Beavertown, and Brenda and Dennis Shealer, of Phillipsburg; four grandchildren and their spouses, Angela and Mike Kerstetter and Jason Norman and companion, Jessica Yost, all of Beavertown, Brent and Casey Shealer, of Gibsonia, and Kimberly and Rick Hemphill, of Osceola Mills; six great-grandsons, Tyler and Austin Norman, of Beavertown, Parker and Kameron Hemphill, of Osceola Mills, Timmy Harper, of Gibsonia, and Dillon Kerstetter, of Middleburg; and three great-granddaughters, Arien Kerstetter, of Middleburg, and Kimberly Smith and Annilee Yost, of Beavertown.
Friends and family will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Hummel Funeral Home, 574 Hill St., Middleburg. A funeral service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday at Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church, Troxelville, with the Rev. Matthew D. Schuster, presiding.
Interment will follow in Troxelville Union Cemetery.
The family would like to thank the staff at Rolling Hills Manor for the professional and compassionate care given to Myron during his stay there and for the friendliness and kind support given to his family.
Contributions to honor Myron's memory may be made to Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church, 8994 Route 235, Beavertown, PA 17813, or to The Middlecreek Area Community Center, 67 Elm St., Beaver Springs, PA 17812.
Published on October 23, 2016